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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
obama and mandela together, happening the one time that manned -- that obama got to meet his hero as a young freshman senator, newly elected senator, and mandela was visiting washington. he had that meeting, that single photo, obama in silhouette. he wassident, back when senator obama, wrote a forward to a book by nelson mandela, and the words here give you a sense. by the way, the pictures right now, that is the president in the cell where nelson mandela spent 17 years in prison and in south africa, 17 of the 27 years that nelson mandela spent in prison. trip, the president visited south africa earlier this year. he had hoped to get a chance to have one last meeting with mandela. forela was no condition such a meeting. the president visited that cell, went out into the quarries where nelson mandela and the other prisoners were forced to do hard labor. it was clearly a very emotional visit for the president. ,s you see, he brought michelle he talked about mandela's influence on his life. in this forward that senator obama wrote the book by mandela, he said, "too many of us, he was more
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
president, nelson mandela. president obama is set to make a statement in a few minutes about the death of mandela that happened this afternoon, not unexpected. he had been sick for a lengthy period of time. we know family and friends gathered at his bedside earlier today anticipating he might pass and he has the word confirmed by current south african president jacob zuma. >> the president and his family were in africa in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive them. they were able to visit the jail cell where he spent so many years and made his cause for the nation and the world. nelson mandel, dead at the age of 95. crowds are gathering outside his home in johannesburg. we have been showing you these live pictures here with the south african flag. 1990 he came out of prison. made discrimination against white minorities against the law there. won the nobel peace prize and truly was known as the father of democracy in modern south africa. again, president obama is set to make remarks from the white house at 5:20. we will bring it to you as soon as it happens. our coverage continues
Bloomberg
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
awaiting president obama. he is set to give a statement on the death of nelson mandela from the white house. what impacts has nelson mandela had on u.s. president politics? >> two things. first of all, i did want to make a point, which in south africa, there is actually going to be a lot of impact here. he a.n.c. has elections coming up, and they have had a hard time of it. the economy has had a difficult time. the a.n.c. has never gotten since 2% of the vote mandela was in charge of the country. they were set to under perform, and now they are not. now the vote turn out will be great, and it will be very solidly pro a.n.c. the legacy of mandela is really going to matter there. for the united states, in recent years mandela has had the kind of impact that martin luther king had. -- unifying union figure that gets beyond race. some of the best moments that you see in american statesmanship reflects the kind of rhetoric and ideals that mandela actually lived by. but when you look at congress today, when you look at what happened to obama in the knife years since he was initially elected
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
. in 2002 george w. bush presented him with the medal of freedom. president obama met mandela once in 2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, and suffer the indignity of being the scum of the world. the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. god bless africa. thank you. nelson mandela dead at 95. >> let's get to the white house, mike viqueira is the white house correspondent and he has reaction from president obama to the death of nelson mandela. mike? >> about 50 minutes ago presid
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
tonight on the passing of nelson mandela. president obama will deliver a statement on the passing of the former south african president coming up here in about 4 1/2 minutes as soon as the president comes out. we will bring you his remarks live. president obama to speak from the white house in just a few moments. let's bring in nbc's andrea mitchell. such a full life led by nelson mandela. if you could speak about the escalating international pressure to release him back in 1990, what was that like? this must have been a real global effort. >> it was indeed. it began before that. during the reagan years, initially president reagan is very much against apartheid and he was led to the position finally of opposing apartheid by george schultz. a rising star and a strong presence on foreign policy than a senator from indiana. there was a global push for this from faith leaders and from anti-segregationists here in this country. we heard just now the secretary general of the united nations that no one has done more. no one in our era and generation has done more to fight discrimination tha
CBS
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
presidential medal of freedom and president obama met with mandela once back when he was a senator in 2005. so right now as we await for the president to speak about the passing of nelson mandela. >> i know it will be some heartfelt remarks from the president because when you think about it, it's this nation's first african american president offering sentiments about south africa's first black president, clearly tied together by their roles in history and connected a number of times in person, the obama family connecting with mandela's family in south africa. again you're looking right now outside of nelson mandela's home in johannesburg where people have gathered to remember, to reflect upon the life of the man they call madeva. he is the father of modern south africa, dead at 95. >> interestingly right now a lot of south africans are asleep because it is past midnight in south africa. so they're going to wake up to this news. those who have heard, many of them, probably heard on social media. we saw some reports on twitter and facebook earlier and i want to bring in russ ptacek now
ABC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
of visitors, including first lady michelle obama. it also mandela became a living symbol of freedom -- nelson mandela became a living symbol of freedom and the strength of south africa and freedom beyond. has already begun at the south african embassy. hassle fella has more. >> at the south african embassy, a real-life reminder of this man's life and legacy. in front of the embassy, the nine foot statue made of bronze, designed by a south african sculptor, modeled after images of mandela back in 1990. the closed fist, almost signaling victory. he was jailed 27 years three decades ago, at the very spot where dozens of protesters, americans included, who were arrested because they were protecting against apartheid in south africa. we talked with this 12-year-old girl who came with her father to pay tribune to this man. we asked why anybody this young should care about his legacy. she said, because he fought for many people. >> i want to pray for his family, his him, and all the people suffering for his loss. and i would like to say thank you for him and everything he did for us. >> is
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
. that stayed with president obama all through his life. nelson mandela was sort of always with president obama, and as you heard in the white house briefing room, he said nelson mandela is no longer with us, he is with the ages. president obama tried to visit nelson mandela over the summer when the president was traveling across africa. he was not able to do that, because nelson mandela was sick, but he was able to visit with the civil rights and anti-apartheid icon back in 2005 when barack obama was a member of the united states senate, and that was a meeting that has always stayed with p.m. many of the as a matter of fact arier this month he held a screening of a movie on nelson mandela's life here at the white house, where he also met with mandela's two daughters. >>> today he's gone home, lost one of the most inspirational, courageous, that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> the president of the united states speaking out. we've got some other guests, but mr. ambassador, you're here, you just heard jim acosta sources are now saying the president will go. the s
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
speak. >> i would not expect for president obama to compare his experience with nelson mandela's. they don't compare it, really is the leading figure on the world stage in terms along with people people. >> of course their paths are very different. john i would imagine that this would be a big, big funeral where many of the world's leaders will come together. >> one former aide to president obama when i asked do you expect the president to attend the funeral, he said yes and so will every other important world leader. this is one that will rivet the world because of the stature of mandela and i expect that you will see something that is very, very rare in our lifetimes, an event of that magnitude. >> let's check in with chris bishop of cnbc africa. we want to know what the scene is like on the ground there. >> it's 20 past 12, pitch dark here and already people are starting to gather. people are crying. some people are carrying south african flags. the news is spreading like wild fire across this country. jacob zuma went on air live to announce it this evening about half an hour
ABC
Dec 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
many people around the world, including here at home and president obama, who not long ago spoke about the profound effect mandela had on his own life. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> and we want to show you a picture now. president obama then 19 years old, a college student, protesting apartheid on campus. he said that was the moment that mandela, quote, gave him a sense of what is possible in this world. sending a jolt of electricity through his homeland but also this nation, america, founded on equality for all. abc's byron pitts now on what mandela meant to the united states. >> reporter: just four months after he was set free from prison in 1990, nelson mandela set foot in america for the very first time. an 8 city tour starting in new york. it was magical. it was as if malcolm and martin were still alive and the nets had won the world series all in new york all in one day. mandela spoke at yankee stadium. >> you now know
FOX News
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
so synonymous with mandela. they had a meeting in 2005 as a young senator for barack obama. the president spoke back fondly on that meeting and said he took so much from mandela. the men have the bond of being the first black presidents of each of their countries. in june i was with the president in africa, he had a long trip. at that time mandela was ill. the speculation was if he would pass during president barack obama 's trip or if obama would meet with him. he decided out of respect for mandela that he would meet with some of his relatives there in south africa rather than meeting directly with mandela ailing back in the early part of the summer. bottom line, president barack obama took his own family to robin island where nelson mandela was in prison for 26 years. there was images of the president bringing his wife and two young daughters to talk to them about the legacy and refler reflect on hit. >> we got a message from george bush. it says barbara and i have had the privilege to know. as president i watched in wonder as mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive jai
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
house next. president obama on the death of former south african residents nelson mandela. >> nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock saying, "i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal i hope to live for and to achieve. but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die." nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today, he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. .e no longer belongs to us he belongs to the ages. dignity andfierce unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from imprisonment to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
president obama put it incredibly well in that statement earlier. and he used one of nelson mandela's best known phrases when he said i fought against white domination and black domination to say this is not someone who was fighting just against the apartheid regime, but against racism right across the races. he said when he came to power as president in 1994 that he didn't want to push the white man into the sea. and perhaps in part for that reason, that is why he is so adored by people of all races. yes, an icon for black africans, an icon, too, in a different way perhaps for millions of white south africans too. although there is a great deal of criticism the way they've progressed, it is peaceful, it is democratic, and it is stable. and no one in 1994 predicted that. >> all right. well, we're going to have a lot more. thank you, rohit. and we're going to have a lot more on the breaking news of nelson mandela dead at the age of 95. including president obama's connection to him. stay with us. ♪ [ male announcer ] did you know that if you wear a partial, you're almost twice as like
FOX Business
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
announced to the world how the former leader passed away. it was peacefully at his home. mandela of course inspired generations of politicians and activists. president obama will be making a statement on his passing shortly. when that happens we'll take it live. very sad. more "money" after this. ♪ [ male announcer ] they are a glowing example of what it means to the bst. and at this special time of year, they shine even brighter. come to the winter event and get the merces-benz you've always wished for, now for an exceptional price. [anta ] ho, ho, ho, ho! [ le announcer ] lease e 2014 e350 for $579 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. melissa: are you ready to "deck the halls" again? today we've got some coolest things for your holiday gift list. i'm telling you that you will want these things for yourself. i know i already do. here to talk us through it tech buffalo's todd hazelton. >> thanks for having me. melissa: this is amazing! i want it! tell me how to work it. >> brookstone virtual keyboard. using laser an optics inside to protect a keyboard. so instead -- melissa
FOX News
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
barack obama spoke about mandela shortly after the world received the munews. >> he achieved more than expected from any man. he's gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> senior foreign affairs correspondent greg is now with a look back at his life. >> nelson plmandela was a symbo of struggle. he was the sign one brave man can make a difference. >> never again shall it be that this beautiful land will have oppression of one by another. >> the south africa youth was marked by the oppression of blacks by the government system. as a young black lawyer unusual in those days he favored peaceful protest. a clash in 1960 changed all that. dozens of unarmed protestors were killed by white police. >> many people who feel that it is useless for us to continue talking peace and non violence. >> mandela led a campaign of violent sabotage with the now banned african national congress. he was captured in 1962 and sentenced to life behind bars
PBS
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
live up to the example as he set, as president obama indicated. what was great about mandela was his respect for the rule of law. think about it for just a moment. 27 years in jail on an ill legitimate situation, his advisor said no no no you can't do it, you can't appear on this case of rugby and discrimination, a libel set of some sort, it was that stubborn sense of fairness which kept the process on track. and we americans owe him and the country of south africa a great debt. because nothing would have torn this country apart in the 1970s or perhaps in the '80s but a race war in south africa. so all i want to do is celebrate this wonderful, wonderful man. >> i actually want to pick up ou had been appointed by an african american president, you had seen the current day legacy of nelson mandela in south africa. how did it resonate? >> it resonated incredibly --hie country. you know from people on the street to people in government. everyone aspires to live up to the legacy he left. it is a difficult challenge to live up to someone of his iconic nature. but he really inspired all
CBS
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
africans, nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. this is the moment of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. >> a short time ago president obama had this to say about nelson mandela from the white house. >> his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> the president went on to say he didn't think it was likely we'd see mandela's like again. joining us now via telephone is former d.c. mayor, current council member marion barry who was i think you were mayor still when nelson mandela was released from prison in 1992. am i correct, mr. mayor? >> absolutely, derek. my relationship goes before then, one thanksgiving day we
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
mandela and world leaders are expected to travel to south africa. president obama is expected to be one of them. reporting live from washington, i'm steve handelsman. back to you. >> thank you. our coverage continues this evening. shomari stone rushed to the south african embassy this afternoon and he joins us live from there. shoma shomari? >> reporter: good evening, we are on massachusetts avenue and drivers are coming by, honking their horns, some putting up their fist paying tribute to nelson mandela. there is a fence here. why? the embassy is under construction. you look behind me and you can see this ten foot statue paying tribute to nelson mandela. it was unveiled two months ago. his fist raised in a power salute. it's in northwest d.c. activists staged sit ins and protests and spurred the u.s. to pose sanctions. let's roll video of mr. mandela. he was africa's former president who helped break the country system of racial discrimination. he died this evening, age 95. south african president jacob zuma announced the death at a somber news conference. people are coming here to the
Bloomberg
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm EST
in the united states. president obama has talked often about nelson mandela. there are several members of congress who on more than one occasion have talked about mandela and the impact he has had not just on politics and life in south africa, but on politics around the world, even here in this country. a nobel peace prize winner. someone who the anti-apartheid movement here in the united states looked to when he was in prison in robin island and other places. his release in 1990 and going on to become the leader of south africa. lot of lessons to be learned from his life. i am waiting word not only from the white house, but the congress and their reaction to the deaths of nelson man -- mandela. >> you did some reporting on president obama's south african trip, where president obama was very mindful of mr. mandela's health. remind the viewers of what president obama did when he went to south africa several months ago? >> well, again, i wasn't on that trip, but there was oncern, some talk even then. nelson mandela was in failing health at that time. that perhaps his visit to sou
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm EST
mandela's condition at that point, he had first met president mandela in 2005, actually here in washington suddenly he called him, from his et here in room just down the georgetown. and president obama came to see him. so it is a lifetime of inspiration, there are obvious parallels. of course, his father from the continent of africa, them son mandela, the president being the first african-american president, it's almost too obvious to point out the deep rest nantz there. between these two men. and obviously someone that president obama looked up to a great deal. >> mike, appreciate that, thank you. >> joining us now he is a professor from ucla.'s goo, one of the real joys of this moment, is going to be had a personal association. with nelson mandela if you want to take a look with the former south african president. >> well, i have known about nelson mandela since i started studying and he had always been promptly inspirational. i met him for the first time after he had been released from prison. for all of that time in the 70's and 80's he was in prison. i was struck particularly by 1 poi
CBS
Dec 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
very much. nelson mandela kept in his office a photograph of himself with another trailblazing president, the first black president of the united states,. the photograph was taken when mandela visited washington in 2005. and mr. obama was then a brand-new united states senator from illinois. here was mr. obama's reaction late today to the death. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. through his dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. >> pelley: president obama used the word modiba an honorary tightle that translates at father. major garrett at the white house tells us this evening mr. obama plans to attend the state funeral in south africa. that is likely to be in about ten days. nelson mandela will be remembered as a man who emerged from a tiny village to become a defining figure of our time. he was born on july 18th, 1918 in a village
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
when president obama was in africa in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive him as a visitor. the inspiration, the sight of the obama girls in that prison cell in robin island with their father, the lesson, the moral authority he has been. the nobel prize he one. that was one of the most important moments. he signed the law when he became president that made discrimination against the white minority illegal in south africa. that is the moral leadership for which he won, co-won the prize with his former presser. that is the lesson for the withhold world. >> you are so right. he is the man. a string of american presidents they had in common. back to charlene. i know you have friends and family long associations there. i'm hoping that you can report to us that he was at peace at the end. >> yes, i think that he's been at peace for some time. he's been on a breathing tube and members of the family have said for the longest time that he seemed alert. although in the last few days, that has changed just a bit because the family became more somber as they talked about his health. i under
Bloomberg
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
developing story, former south african president and worldwide symbol of freedom nelson mandela has died at the age of 95. tributes are coming in from around the world. here is president obama. sacrificing his own freedom for the freedom of others. he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a embodied the promise that human beings and countries cachange forhe better. the commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him is an example that all humanity should aspire to. he joined the african national congress and worked to oppose apartheid. inwould be sentenced to life prison and remained behind bars for 27ears for being released. want a free man, he was able to negotiate an end to apartheid rule and become the first elected black president of south africa and a global icon for reconciliation. nelson mandela is the subject of the latest film that hit theaters this weekend. i am joined with more. >> harvey weinstein has put out a statement on its passing. one of the privileges of making movies is immortalizing those that have had a profo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
obama to say what he is going to say in the past, that is that nelson mandela is a personal inspiration to him. at occidental, he wasn't political active but became so. the president had sited to heros in his life, one of them is gandhi, and the other is nelson mandela. them soon mandela closed a statement saying i have fought against white domination. and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the eye deal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. it is an adiel i wish to live for and achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for hi'm prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that idea, and he made it real. achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he has gone home. we have lost one of the most courageous, influential, and good human beings that any of us will spend time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity, and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, his journey from a prison to a
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
newspaper of johannesburg reports that nelson mandela died in his home surrounded by his wife and family. columbian president was in washington this week for talks with president obama. on tuesday, he spoke at the national press club about his country's free trade agreement with the u.s., the war on drugs, and peace talks with columbian rebels. this is an hour. >>> good afternoon. welcome to the national press club. my name is angela keane. i'm a reporter for "bloomberg news" and the 106th president of the national press club. we are the world's leading professional organization for journalists committed to our profession's future through our programming with the event such as this, while fostering a free press worldwide. for more information about the national press club, please visit our website at www.press.org. to donate to programs offered to the public through the national press club journalism institute. on behalf of our members worldwide, i would like to welcome our speaker and those in the audience today. if you hear applause, i note that members of the general public are also a
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm EST
obama's going to be heard on this before too long. and we've lost somebody that deserves emulation everywhere. >> i don't know, i just want to bring people a little bit of background information here about mandela's condition over the last couple of months. he had been three months in the hospital with the recurrent lun september, originally. but those lung problems attributed to the tuberculosis he contracted during 27 years in prison before he led his country to democracy, subject of many biopics lately. what is your view on his history in south africa and overseas? >> i think he has more stature than anyone around the world with the possible exception of the pope. a lot of continue versy around the current president as well as becky who proceeded him in that job who was nelson mandela's successor. i think this is somebody whose reputation was titanic and the entire world will be mourning. >> we are following the news here for us. walk us through the sequence of events since word came out? >> word was starting to trickle out that nelson mandela was failing and took a turn for the
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